Advance voting for the provincial election begins on Thursday, Oct. 15, and will run until Wednesday, Oct. 21.
The advance voting period is seven days this election, up from six in the last provincial election in 2017. An extra day has been added to give voters more opportunities to vote and to help reduce numbers in voting places as a pandemic response measure. Voters should note that some voting places won’t be open on every advance voting day. Advance voting places will be available from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. local time on the days they are open.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, Elections BC has worked with the Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry and WorkSafeBC to develop safe voting plans. Voters voting in person will see many protective measures including:
• Physical distancing;
• Voting place capacity limits;
• Election officials wearing personal protective equipment, including face masks and visors;
• Protective barriers at voting stations;
• Hand sanitizing stations at the entry and exit of voting places;
• Frequent cleaning of voting booths and high-touch surfaces;
• Election officials trained on safe workplace guidelines and pandemic safety protocols.
To find voting places near them and the dates they are open, voters can check their Where to Vote Card that arrived in the mail, visit the Elections BC website at wheretovote.elections.bc.ca or call Elections BC at 1-800-661-8683.
In the Kamloops-North Thompson riding, advance votes can be cast in Kamloops at the following locations:
• District electoral office, Brock Shopping Centre, 33B-1800 Tranquille Rd.;
• Kamloops Christian School, 750 Cottonwood Ave.;
• North Shore Community Centre, 730 Cottonwood Ave.;
• Moccasin Square Gardens, 200-355 Yellowhead Hwy.
In the Kamloops-South Thompson riding, advance votes can be cast in Kamloops at the following locations:
• District electoral office, Sahali Mall;
• St. Paul’s Cathedral, 360 Nicola St.
Elections BC has been tallying the number of vote-by-mail package requests received. Its latest update, Oct. 8 at 11:59 p.m., showed that number to be 646,000.